Who drives more than 200 miles for burgers and frozen custards at Culver’s? We do! With less than a month before the big day we decided to take a road trip to get some Mid-West comfort food and hit the outlets in Destin, FL. Being from the Wisconsin, Kirsten gets a bit misty eyed when talking about butter burgers and frozen custard, and I was excited to try some of her childhood favorites at the Wisconsin-based fast food chain.
By the time we arrived in Navarre, FL we were hungry. The restaurant looked brand new and was spotless inside. We made our way to the counter, and after pondering the extensive options available, we both ordered the butter burger with cheese and a side of fries. To ensure we had enough fried food on the table, Kirsten also ordered fried cheese curds. The food is cooked to order, and we were handed a number to place on our table.
Our meals arrived in two small baskets lined with blue and white Culver’s themed paper. The butter burger consisted of two thin beef patties that were crisp on the edges and topped with two slices of melted cheese. The bun was fresh and the first bite was a pleasant mix of meaty-cheesy tastiness. The French fries were of the crinkle cut variety, and were hot, crispy, and salty. The fried cheese curds reminded me of mozzarella sticks. The mild white cheese was breaded, deep fried, and was delicious reminder of why Wisconsin is known for cheese products.
With our bellies full of butter burgers, fries, and fried cheese curds we turned our attention to frozen custard. I had never had this Midwestern delicacy, and was eager to see how it stacked up to traditional ice cream. Culver’s offers their frozen custard in cones, shakes, and concretes. Since it was my inaugural frozen custard I opted for vanilla with chocolate sauce in a waffle cone. Kirsten ordered a Heath bar concrete topped with a cherry.
Custards in hand we walked to the car to begin the drive home. It was hot outside, and the custard melted down the side of the cone. I took a bite, and was immediately struck by how creamy it was as compared to ice cream. The silky mouth feel was amazing, and made the 200 plus mile trip to this Culver’s outpost well worth the drive. Kirsten was in frozen custard heaven and smiled as she plowed through her concrete.
For those looking for a fun food nerd adventure, Culver’s is located at 8792 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL and is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Make sure to check out the frozen custard flavor of the day at culvers.com/restaurants/navarre-fl, and for more information the restaurant can be contacted by telephone at (850) 939-7771.
(For those in Tallahassee needing a Culver’s fix, the manager said one is opening in 2016. Culver’s website doesn’t reflect this, but it does indicate a new store is opening soon in Panama City, FL.)
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